STATESBORO, GA - Veterans in our area won't have to travel so far for simple health care checks. There's a new Statesboro clinic ready to serve local heroes. The Statesboro Primary Care Telehealth Outpatient Clinic is located at 412 Northside Drive ,Suite 500, in Statesboro.
Vietnam Veteran Marvin Grimm came to the clinic Friday for a checkup on chest congestion. As a registered nurse took his vitals a physician located in Augusta heard and saw the results through video teleconferencing.
The 66-year-old said he isn't fazed by the technology induced bedside manner.
"I come from the old school where you talk on the phone or see someone in person but it works, it works because she was able to hear everything that was going on," said Grimm.
All of the instruments are hooked up to the video conference machine which allows the doctor to follow the exam.
"You can't go too in-depth with somebody that may have had a transplant or something. But [the clinic] is good for patients-pretty wise healthy, refills on medicines, cough or colds," said RN Lara Birdsong.
Before you can schedule an appointment you need to be cleared by the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.
"What they have to do is they go to Augusta for one visit to see a provider there, a Dr. Smith, and once they qualify for telehealth they can come to this clinic," said Birdsong.
Grimm said he appreciates veteran services coming closer to home.
"The facility I think is going to provide fast service to a mass amount of people in a short period of time," said Grimm
Besides providing checkups, veterans can also schedule diabetic eye screenings and mental health counseling.